Broken or Chipped Nail
One fallout of daily computer duty: a shortened manicure life.
DAMAGE CONTROL At the first sign of a break, Creative Nail Design pro Roxanne Valinoti advises clipping or filing to the broken point if possible. "If it is a low tear, 'patch it' with a few coats of polish, followed by a topcoat," she says. "If you don't have polish at your disposal, anchor the nail for the time being with a clear piece of Scotch Tape."
BUFF IT If polish chips post-mani, Valinoti suggests gently buffing out the nick, then filling in with a thin coat of the same color.
STRENGTH-TRAIN Because brittle nails tend to split more easily, applying a nourishing product, like CND's SolarOil ($12), daily will add flexibility and prevent breakage. And to avoid future mishaps, beauty insiders swear by the company's Shellac gel manicure, which resists chipping for two weeks.